Absurd cuts to public services

In the matter of Oxnard’s proposed future budget cuts, I believe I speak for much of the county when I say: it is absurd now to speak of cutting the budget at all when it were far better in the long run to invest what money we have in the public services so as to ensure future sources of both material and mental prosperity.

Whenever we confront authority with the absurdity of reducing these services (including the arts, the sciences, and all else that beatifies social life), we are in turn confronted with references to the “practical”: as if we were the audience at a mafic show or ghosts in a tomb to be awestruck and stupefied by the utterance of an “abracadabra.”

The language of the “practical” or of the “realistic” means nothing but sounds impressive and serves to banish all concerns less invested with the seal of the undeniable and yet far more innately and powerfully possessed of that quality. Even the dimmest sensibility must admit that to abandon the public services in the name of reduced costs is as absurd as the former practice of selling off land to maintain the house. In either case, the foundation of the edifice and of the rights and duties of that edifice was erected to establish is discarded outright for the sake of keeping up appearances: rather as if a starving animal should batten upon its own limbs until only the bodiless head simultaneously glutted and famished to death lies in the desert. To even continue the discussion of whether or not to preserve the Museum, the PACC, the firefighting station, the libraries, the boxing studio, et al., is ridiculous.

Even from what is called a “practical” or “realistic” point of view, the idea is not worth entertaining. The monies to be saved by the loss of these services can only last a few years before leaving the county no better off than before and this time without a convenient victim for sacrifice. Such a course of action is little better, supra, than auto-cannibalism, and as irrelevant to the deficit, which is born of other causes. For the past 50 years, at least, most of the county’s money has left the county because we have paid it for what little it gained us to out-of-state corporations. In spite of the claim by the business community to “create jobs,” the majority of the net profit leaves the county, and indeed the state, and in some cases, even the nation, while the city itself decays. Such affairs are not profitable to continue.

Siddharth Mehrotra
Camarillo

UNETHICAL OXNARD OFFICIALS

I had a pleasant meeting with Mr. Aaron Starr and his wife last week, during which I heard some shocking things about the way certain officials in the city of Oxnard were acting, in the legal arena. Mr. Starr, who is again running for mayor of Oxnard, related several shocking allegations to me during our two hour meeting. Due to space and word limits imposed on writers, I have to address the allegations one at a time, in a serial manner. Here is Part 1:

BALLOT PROPOSITIONS:  Mr. Starr said he has proposed five ballot positions, within the past few years, one of which is a proposal to impose term limits on the mayor and all other elected officials in Oxnard. The city has fought him every single step of the way, using THOUSANDS of taxpayer dollars to stop or delay every single proposition. The city attorney has even reworded one or more propositions, to confuse and mislead voters. In every case, Mr. Starr chose to fight back with counter litigation and he said has won every single battle, thereby forcing the city of Oxnard to pay his attorneys their legal fees plus his court costs. Why are city officials and their lackeys (attorneys) so determined to stop Mr. Starr’s ballot propositions???  That is a question that we would ALL like to know.

Everyone who reads this should call the Oxnard City Council and City Manager and ask that question.

Note:  Again, because of mandatory limitations on space and word count,

I have to divide this story into several parts, over the next few weeks. 

This is Part 1, as stated above:

John Jay
“Voice of Truth”
Oxnard

 

Obvious Co2 solution

Co2 levels, worldwide, have reached a disastrous level everywhere. Without a FAST solution, we may be going the way of Venus!! NO exaggeration intended!!

There is an OBVIOUS solution folks: TREES, TREES, TREES, TREES!!! Trees thrive on Co2. In return they produce OXYGEN! So, the OBVIOUS solution folks is for EVERYONE in the nation, who can do so, to get out and plant trees anywhere and everywhere.

During WWII, millions of citizens around the nation, both children and adults, went out and collected scrap metal and old tires. Millions of tons of scrap metal were collected. Millions of old tires were collected. The government was fully behind this effort and had signs in every school and every meeting place encouraging people to collect and turn in scrap metal and old tires.

What we need right now is the same type of effort used in WWII, with the government helping out in the following ways: 1.) Provide bags of seeds (for trees that absorb the most Co2, while producing the most oxygen) to ALL citizens who can or will be able to plant  same. 2.) Provide clear instructions on what to do and how to do it. 3.) Distribute FREE seeds in ALL schools and community centers nationwide. 

Can we do the foregoing??? ONLY if everyone starts bringing it to the attention of the President, as well as their state and federal representatives. Write letters, make phone calls, send out e-mails. Don’t just sit there folks! For God’s sake DO SOMETHING!! Otherwise the earth will begin to resemble Venus!!!

JOHN JAY
Voice of Truth
Oxnard

Bobcat lives matter

Once known for relentless killing of wildlife, California has come such a long way in the protection of our native wild species, and I’m so proud to see the changes our state has made in recent decades, such as an end to the trophy hunting of mountain lions. Yet, while we’ve made strides for other wildlife, it seems as though our work is not yet done.

Today, trophy hunters are still permitted to kill an unlimited number of bobcats in California, at a price of only $3.24 per tag. Humans have killed nearly 10,000 bobcats in California over the last decade. The number of bobcats killed each year has consistently decreased recently, with a ban on trapping. Even so, hundreds of bobcats are still trophy hunted each year in California. Legislators have the opportunity to finally put an end to the unnecessary killing of bobcats by passing AB 1254, a bill by Assemblywoman Sydney Kamlager-Dove, D-Los Angeles, that would ban the trophy hunting of bobcats. Please call your Assemblymembers today and ask them to vote in favor of AB 1254. We need to speak up for those who can’t.

Kayla Capper
Ojai

No tolerance for sexual trauma

After just reading the “Bad Teachers” article it is again undeniably clear why our children are in such peril. (Purple is the New Party, May 16)

A forward thinking idea may be to have the perpetrators convicted of such egregious and devastating acts have sentences meted out that meet the permanent lasting consequences that accompany their victims.

Like real prison time — not the hand slapping 3-5 … but a 10-20 or a whole institution specific for longterm incarceration to get a message across that this type of sexual trauma will not be tolerated.

As someone who was traumatized sexually by persons in positions of authority and charged with my care I can tell the ramifications where devastating.

Taking a good portion of my life to recover from.

Just a thought folks…

Keith Amato
Ventura

Increased police presence

There has been an increased police presence on the streets of Ventura County over the past two years. Where formerly, we citizens might see two or three small patrol cars in a day (often, the same one all day), and infrequently a motor-bike, we now see large police trucks, equipped with detention cells in the rear seats, ever hour, and are often startled by the sight of two or three such, parked in flagrant violation of posted traffic rules, with the officers dismounted and busily bullying our neighbors, over exceeded speed limits or driving, by mistake, without a license. Such officers, when questioned, rudely brush the bystanders off, and threaten them will the full penalties of the law, at the slightest pretext.

Such a state of affairs is detrimental to the citizens’ sense of personal safety and therefore should be remedied.

Siddharth Mehrotra
Camarillo

Protect net neutrality

I am writing to you because I want to protect our open Internet. Two years ago, the FCC under Ajit Pai repealed the Net Neutrality protections that make the Internet an open and free platform to connect and exchange ideas. If we can’t restore these protections, the Internet as we know it could change forever.
The House of Representatives has passed the Save the Internet Act, which will restore the open Internet protections that were repealed by the FCC in 2017. Now, Senate Republicans and Democratic Senator Kyrsten Sinema are blocking the bill at the Senate, despite the overwhelming and cross partisan support that Net Neutrality has with the American public.
I hope our Senators vote in favor of this bill. Otherwise we’ll be forced to hold them accountable at the ballot box in 2020.

Susie Hanna
Oxnard

Trump’s new nickname

At least four mass hate crimes in the last two months:
Three black Louisiana churches burned down.
Two mosques bombed in New Zealand.
Three Christian churches and three hotels bombed in Sri Lanka.
Mass shooting at synagogue in Poway, California.
Massive loss of life and wounding from these crimes.
It is indisputable that hate crimes have increased under Trump’s leadership.
“Hate crimes  reportedly jumped by 226 percent in counties that hosted Trump campaign rallies in 2016” (Vox, March 24, 2019).

The New Zealand shooter called Trump “a symbol of renewed white identity” (MSNBC, March 16, 2019).

President Trump delights in giving mocking nicknames to his political opponents.

How about this one?

Hate-crime Trump.

Clive Leeman
Ojai